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City Attorney Mike Feuer Launches C.A.R.E.-Achievers Program at Grace Hopper STEM Academy in Inglewood By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-=in-Chief INGLEWOODIn collaboration with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, boys (and girls) at Grace Hopper STEM Academy (GHSA) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, launched the City Attorney Reaching Early Achievers (C.A.R.E.-Achievers) program, an academic and career exploration and preparation initiative, focused on encouraging youth to find their passions, EARLY. Participants in the program will be motivated and inspired to set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in high school graduation and beyond.
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer launches pilot program C.A.R.E.-Achievers on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Grace Hopper STEM Academy in Inglewood. Pictured is City Attorney Feuer listening to one young man of Grace Charter school for boys as he asked a questions.
LA County Public Defender Provides Counsel and Comfort To Youths 24/7 Studies show that most youths do not understand their Miranda rights or the consequences of waiving those rights and talking to law enforcement without counsel. Due to advancements in adolescent brain development, we now understand that juveniles need additional assistance understanding their Miranda rights. Moreover, since youths are vulnerable in interrogation settings, they have higher instances than adults of falsely confessing. Realizing all of this, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 395 into law. The new law provides that barring circumstances of imminent bodily harm or damage to property, youths 15 years and under must have a consultation with an attorney before they can legally waive their Miranda rights and be interrogated. The LA County Public Defender is leading the way to ensure that the law — the only such law in the U.S.— is successful. “We want this to work for the kids we’re representing and we want this to work for law enforcement,” said Juvenile Division Head Deputy Casey Lilienfeld. Deputy public defenders are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to consult with youths regarding their Miranda rights. Since Jan. 1, 2018, the office has received about 60 calls. For example, on a late
LA County Board of Supervisors’ Chair Sheila Kuehl, with CCJCC Executive Director Mark Delgado, asks the Public Defender questions about the new bill.
Head Deputy Casey Lilienfeld speaks before the CCJCC about SB 395.
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Friday night, a deputy public defender drove to Pomona to speak to a young teen who had been detained by law enforcement after the girl, who was in foster care, had allegedly hit her roommate. The girl was confused about why she would be taken to juvenile hall and detained. The attorney not only advised her of her Miranda rights, but quelled her fears and provided much needed comfort. “Often, youths are arrested [for conduct] at group homes,” Lilienfeld said. “They are there by no fault of their own, their parents were no longer able to care for them, and if they fight with others at the home, police may be called. In most families, instead of calling the police, usually the parents would settle the argument.” The presence of a deputy public defender provided a much-needed advocate at a time when the youth was confused and scared, said Division Chief Ramon Quintana, who along with Assistant Public Defender Winston Peters, is leading the implementation of SB 395 at the Public Defender’s office. Deputy Public Defender Rourke Stacy, who helped develop and draft SB 395, said the bill was enacted because of the pronounced developmental differences between juveniles and adults. “Youth perceive custody very differently and do not fully Please see Youth, page 8
Zna Portlock Houston Photo courtesy Houston
C.A.R.E.-Achievers’ signature pilot program was created by Zna Portlock Houston, Sr. Assistant City Attorney and Special Counsel Employee Engagement and Personnel Standards. In that capacity, part of Houston’s duties included recruiting people of color for open positions in the Los Angeles City Attorney office including summer interns and law clerks. In doing so, Houston said, “I began to realize that the number of students of color applying to and actually attending law school has declined. How could we reach out to significant numbers of students of color and expose them to careers in our office with a shrinking pool of meritorious candidates? As a result, I shifted my focus and determined that a pipeline had to be created starting at the middle school level. We needed to expose students much earlier in the process and not wait until they made it to law school.” Houston’s creative idea has proven to be a huge benefit to the males and females of Grace Hopper STEM Academy (GHSA)thanks to her Link Sister, Adell Batchelor Walker, the Director of Education for GHSA and President of the Beverly Hills West (CA) Chapter of The Links Incorporated. Houston commitment to Please see Attorney, page 3
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Hello Readers, We have good news for you this week in Pace News. On our front page we bring you news about the new launch of a pilot program at Grace Hopper STEM Academy in Inglewood where the Los angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer is bringing to the academy. It is so good during this Black History Month to highlight good things happening in the community. The Pan African Film Festival kicked off on yesterday and it will continue until the 19 of February so make sure you go to see the film showing and tell your family and friends to go and support the works of creative artists. These times are trying but they are also good times to comes together and help one another to get through all the changes going on in America. The government was on the verge of another shut down and some people are worried. I must say to you if you are worrying. Don’t worry, be happy because as I always say, “God is in charge.” He knows all about what is happening in the world today. He is the Creator and He is the Sustainer. Don’t look to Trump or anyone outside of first looking to God. He has said over and over in His Word, “I am Alpha and Omega.” Believer that he is the beginning and the last. This too shall come to pass.
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LET US SAY #SheToo FOR WOMEN WHO CAN’T By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. President of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. / TriceEdney–Since the World Bank is exempt from US laws and courts, women in the World Bank can be sexually harassed and assaulted without any legal recourse. Bank report (The Stern Report) attributed sexual harassment in the World Bank to “cultures with different standards for male-female relationships.” Women who challenge the status quo risk getting fired and losing their World Bank sponsored visa. This entails uprooting their family and leaving the US within 60 days. In 1999, a US Congressional report found the Bank’s internal justice system that is supposed to protect women from sexual harassment unfit to adjudicate sexual harassment claims. The World Bank pushed back, stating that “The report fails to capture the unique challenges of a large inter-governmental organization composed of 181 member countries.” Chief among the challenges was the Bank’s obligation to “take into account the institution’s multicultural needs.” A 2001 World Bank report gave further explanation. “While unwelcome behaviors are seen from the perspective of the person on the receiving end, the standard for judging whether a behavior is inappropriate is not purely subjective.” Situations which initially may appear to constitute sexual harassment may not rise to the level of legal offense when “the particular sensitivities required in the World Bank multicultural environment” are factored in. What “cultural sensitivities” are factored in? In 2016, a comprehensive World Bank study of 173 countries found that over 100 of them have three or more discriminatory laws against women. For example, take Iran where, according to the Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran, Article 209 of their constitution stipulates that “a woman’s life is valued only half as much as a man’s life. In Nigeria, the penal codes dictate that “unlawful assault of any male person is a felony.” By contrast,
“Unlawful assault of a woman or girl is a misdemeanor!” In March 2016, the Nigerian Senate rejected a bill introduced to grant women equality under law. Sound familiar? When such “cultural sensitivities” are factored, coercive sexual harassment is merely regarded as a manifestation of the Bank’s multicultural environment. This is disclosed in the Stern Report that identifies a rampant culture of “General sexual harassment,” including “unwelcome touches, repeated requests for dates, and posters and jokes demeaning women.” Of those who were interviewed for the Stern Report, 325 revealed they were subjected to “unwelcome sexual advances” and 75 said they were victims of “coercive sexual harassment.” The Report concluded that its findings “may seem laughable, but they are a reality to many women at the World Bank.” The Report stated: “Women generally are not willing to complain about such behavior for fear of retribution. Most simply try to escape their situations as soon as possible. The lack of attention to the issue, the absence of secure and supportive channels to discuss problems, and the uncertainty that remedial action will be taken are seen as official tolerance of such behavior.” Little has changed since the Stern Report was released in 1992. In 2016, in DN v. World Bank, the Bank’s Administrative Tribunal reviewed a case involving a male staff member who was terminated for placing his iPhone “under the skirt of a female staff member to take inappropriate photographs and/or record a video of her, without her consent.” The Tribunal established that “the Applicant’s misconduct has been established” with sufficient evidence; yet, it ordered the World Bank to reinstate him because “the disciplinary sanction of termination was significantly disproportionate” to the offense he committed or the peculiar culture he manifested! The only protection his victim has is coming to the office wearing pants! I call upon you to say #SheToo for every woman everywhere when she can’t. The World Bank is one of those places. Dr. E. Faye Williams can be reached at: 202/6786788; or at www.nationalcongressbw.org.
New Medicaid Policy Shift Misguided and Unnecessary By Dwayne D. Royster
Unable to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in 2017, the Trump administration has embarked on a piecemeal approach to what appears to be an ongoing push to accomplish this goal. The latest attempt involves a recommendation that Medicaid recipients meet work requirements to qualify for basic healthcare services. This radical policy shift, triggered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), sanctions states that want to force Medicaid recipients to work or take part in job-training programs in order to meet their or their children’s healthcare needs. In the richest country in the world, it’s disturbing that we are placing conditions on healthcare and making it harder for poor people to take care of themselves and their families. The unorthodox policy, which is being touted by CMS Administrator Seema Verma and other conservatives, erects a cruel barrier to health care for people who already are struggling to survive. In a recent speech to state Medicaid directors, Verma implied that today’s “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients need tough love to help them stand on their own two feet and stop depending on the government for help. But the corporations who recently benefitted from the GOP’s massive tax giveaway weren’t required to stand on their own two feet. The notion of “standing on your own two feet” only applies when discussing who receives welfare assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or food stamps through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. This reminds me of Matthew 9:20-22, which recounts the woman with the issue of blood, who seems fine on the outside but is suffering internally. Verma has no idea why people who appear to be OK need health insurance and can’t afford it. Jesus did not let that woman suffer. We should apply this same principle to those struggling today. In 2017, about 3.2 million additional U.S. residents
lost their health care benefits, and the uninsured rate rose the most among young adults, Black and Latino people as well as those with low incomes, according to a GallupSharecare poll. Nonetheless, some states are considering these proposed changes to Medicaid, an essential source of health coverage for 74 million people. Everyone deserves to have their basic needs for food, shelter and health care met without contending with the machinations of a partisan political class that abhors the poor. Forcing vulnerable families to look for work before they can take their children to the doctor or receive a prescription for a potentially life-threatening medical condition is morally indefensible. Verma has blamed President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act for boosting the number of people eligible for Medicaid benefits. But it’s the responsibility of all elected officials to ensure a basic standard of care for persons doing all they can to survive. Moreover, many adults currently receiving Medicaid benefits do work. They hold low-wage jobs that don’t pay enough for them to afford health insurance. They scrape by on paltry wages that force many to hold two or three jobs to make ends meet. The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 per hour since July 2009. Thankfully, Medicaid recipients and their allies are fighting back. CMS approved a proposal from the state of Kentucky, which prompted opponents to file a class-action lawsuit in January. Other states considering similar proposals include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina and South Dakota. Expect more lawsuits as well as more pushback from progressive coalitions dedicated to protecting our families. Bishop Dwayne D. Royster is the Political Director of PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faithbased organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 regions through its 45 local and state federations.
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COMMUNITY NEWS Center Theatre Group Hosts Free College & Career Fair for the Arts March 17 Workshops and More Offered to High School Students Center Theatre Group invites current high school students, parents and teachers to attend the third annual College & Career Fair for the Arts on March 17, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is free to attend and will take place at the Music Center Annex located at 601 W. Temple St. in Downtown L.A. More than 25 local colleges, universities and community organizations will be in attendance, including USC, UCLA, Pepperdine and Emerson College. The fair will also feature opportunities for students to meet with working theatre professionals (playwrights, actors, designers and directors), receive one-on-one college counseling and attend free workshops. There will also be a free food truck from noon to 2 p.m. Guests are welcome to stop by at any point during the fair; however, students are advised to RSVP in advance for a chance to have free headshots taken (available to the first 100 students who register and attend). Workshops are available to students only (except “College Financing for Parents of Artists”). The first workshop is “Applying for College” at 10 a.m., which will focus on what college admissions staff are looking for as well as when and how to submit applications. The second and third
workshops – “Paying for College: Student Workshop” and “College Financing for Parents of Artists” (both at 11 a.m.) – offer students and parents, respectively, information about Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), student loans, preparing applications, scholarships and financial aid. The fourth workshop at 1:30 p.m. is called “Choosing an Audition Monologue” and focuses on what students need to know about finding the ideal audition monologue for colleges, summer programs or professional theatre. The final workshop at 3 p.m. “Mapping Your Goals, Visions and Dreams” is a creative and interactive workshop offering students the tools they need to plan their ideal college and career experience. “Los Angeles is a great city for theatre with so many resources for young artists,” said Director of Education and Engagement Tyrone Davis. “Center Theatre Group is thrilled to connect students with colleges, universities, organizations and experienced professionals that will help them take the next step towards becoming theatremakers and leaders.” To RSVP, students can visit ww.CenterTheatreGroup.org/ CollegeFair through Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m. The College and Career Fair for the Arts is led by the Center Theatre Group Education and Community Part-
nerships Department. One of the most active theatre education programs in the country, Education and Community Partnerships reached roughly 34,000 students, teachers, patrons and community members throughout Southern California in the 2016-2017 season. Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations,
is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broad-
est range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.
Mayor Garcetti Launches 2018 Free Tax Prep Los Angeles Campaign To Support Low-Income Working Families LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched the 2018 campaign to provide low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services, and help taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits. Mayor Garcetti was joined by Jerome Horton of the California State Board of Equalization and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin to launch this year’s Free Tax Prep Los Angeles effort. All 16 of the City’s FamilySource Centers (FSC) will be open throughout the tax season to assist families with claiming their refunds. These services are also available to immigrant families filing their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Last year, more than 100,000 L.A. County residents were served through the campaign. “Working families deserve every opportunity to put money back in their pockets — dollars they can invest in meaningful ways like getting quality childcare for their kids, making home improvements, and getting more reliable transportation,”
said Mayor Garcetti. “These free tax prep services will help thousands of Angelenos better understand how to take advantage of tax credits that can help them get ahead.” Households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less may qualify for approximately $9,000 in cash back through the State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Free Tax Prep Los Angeles campaign is a publicprivate collaboration led by the City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), Citi Community Development, Youth Policy Institute (YPI), Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCC), and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. This year, the campaign is primarily funded by $600,000 in competitive California Department of Community Services and Development grants awarded to YPI and KYCC for a second year in a row, bringing to Los Angeles the largest share of funding the
state awarded. The funding will continue expanding the integration of free tax prep education into services provided at FamilySource Centers. Services include giving people access to information on how to claim the EITC, helping families access safe and affordable banking products, and connecting them to financial education and counseling services. "As City Controller, my office works to help secure our City's financial future — it is vital that Angelenos have the tools and knowledge to plan for and secure their own financial futures," Controller Galperin said. "Helping hard-working families claim the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credit can lift Angelenos out of poverty and help power our economy. For families living paycheck-topaycheck, these credits provide a great opportunity to get out of debt and start saving.” “Research has shown that more than 43 percent of Los Angeles households lack enough savings to live at the poverty line for three months if faced with an
City Attorney Mike Feuer Launches C.A.R.E.-Achievers Program at Grace Hopper STEM Academy in Inglewood (Continued from page 1)
identify an all male middle school to launch the pilot program was made a little easier after reaching out to Walker with the idea and the magic began to happen. Houston said, “I prepared a proposal and submitted it to the City Attorney and he was all in! He loved the concept to focus on young males but also indicated that he wanted to provide the same opportunity to the middle school charter girls. Consequently, we launched our pilot program at Grace Hopper STEM Academy for the boys and the girls!” During the course of the program, the City Attorney and his team of professionals will craft career track sessions for Achievers that provide comprehensive information on academic preparation and job skills. The City Attorney will present several interactive and engaging talks throughout 2018 at both schools and students will also have an opportunity to visit the City Attorney at his office in City Hall East. Topics to be discussed during the 2018 school year are: “Know Your Rights,” “Domestic Terrorism,” “Immigration,” “Girl Magic – My Path to a Career in Law.” Walker said, “The en-
LA City Attorney Mike Feuer speaking with student at Grace Hopper STEM Academy in Inglewood on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
tire learning community, board of directors and parents at GHSA are thrilled and proud to pilot the C.A.R.E.-Achievers program to help our students beat the odds. At Grace Hopper STEM Academy, we be-
lieve that the key to a successful middle schooling experience lies in the strength of the partnership between the teacher, the student, the home and the community. The collaborative partnership between
GHSA and C.A.R.E.-Achievers will advance the learning of all students, achieve meaningful outcomes, and encourage active, good citizenship. GHSA is a charter school located in Inglewood,
CA and authorized by Inglewood Unified School District. For additional information about open enrollment, contact Adell Walker, Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW RESEARCH: Churches On Solid Ground as Economy Rebounds By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to Nashville-based LifeWay Research. About 40 percent of Protestant pastors say their churches received more offerings in 2017 than in 2016. Three-quarters say their church met or exceeded budget. And only about a third say the economy gave their church trouble. Those are among the findings of a new report from LifeWay Research, based on a survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors. LifeWay Research has tracked the impact of the economy on churches since 2009, said Scott McConnell, executive director, and this is the first time the majority of pastors said the economy isn’t troubling their church. “The past decade has been difficult for many church budgets,” said McConnell. “But things seem to be looking up.” Few worried about the economy At the height of the Great Recession in 2010, LifeWay Research found most pastors (80 percent) said the
economy had a negative effect on the church budget. That dropped to 51 percent by March 2016. In the most recent survey—from the fall of 2017— 35 percent of pastors say the economy has a negative impact on the church. Seventeen percent cite a positive impact, and 45 percent say no impact. African-American pastors (59 percent) and pas-
tors of churches with 50 to 99 attenders (40 percent) are more likely to say the economy is having a negative impact. Pastors of larger churches (with 250 or more attenders) are more likely to say the economy is treating their church well (28 percent). Mainline pastors (41 percent) see more negative impact than evangelical pastors (32 percent). Lutherans (44 percent) see more negative impact than Baptists (31 percent). Pentecostal pastors (25 percent) see more positive impact than Baptist (15 percent) or Presbyterian/ Reformed pastors (13 percent). Church offerings holding steady About half of pastors (48 percent) say they are meeting their budget. Twentythree percent say offerings are higher than budgeted. Twentysix percent say offerings are lower. Larger churches— with 250 or more attenders— are more likely to say offerings are higher (30 percent). Pastors of smaller churches— with fewer than 100 attenders—are more likely to say offerings are lower (29 percent).
African-American pastors (41 percent) are more likely to say giving is under budget than white pastors (26 percent). More Baptist (27 percent), Pentecostal (30 percent) and Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (23 percent) say offerings are over budget than Methodists (12 percent). Baptist (30 percent), Methodist (34 percent) and
Holiness pastors (34 percent) are more likely to report budget shortfalls. Pentecostal pastors (17 percent) are less likely.
Overall, most pastors (78 percent) say offerings held steady from the previous year. Forty percent say offerings went up. Eighteen percent say they went down. Thirty-eight percent say offerings stayed the same. Some churches of all sizes saw an increase from 2016. That includes about half (47 percent) of churches with 100 to 249 attenders and 57
percent of churches with 250 or more attenders. Smaller churches fared a bit less well. Twenty-six percent of churches with fewer than 50 attend-
ers saw an increase. Thirtyfive percent of churches with 50 to 99 attenders said giving is up. Pastors in the North, South, and West had a better year than those in the Midwest. Forty-two percent of pastors in those regions say giving was up. Only 34 percent of pastors in the Midwest say it increased. More Baptist (45 per-
cent) and Pentecostal (46 percent) pastors saw giving go up than Methodists (28 percent). Few pastors saw major growth or decline in giving. One in 5 pastors say their church giving was up by less than 10 percent. Only 4 percent say their church offerings were up by 25 percent. One in 10 pastors (9 percent) say giving dropped by 10 to 24 percent. Two percent of pastors saw a 25 percent decline. Still, churches seem to be regaining their footing as the economy improves, McConnell said. “Overall, 2017 was a good year for church budgets,” he said. “Except for isolated local downturns, the financial struggles of churches not meeting budget likely have nothing to do with the overall economy.” For more information, visit LifeWayResearch.com or view the complete survey report PDF.
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COMMUNITY NEWS Ideal Program Services Creates New Horizons for People with Disabilities By Ande Richards A new employee carefully assembles pizza boxes. After careful inspection, his supervisor notices that he performs the job better and faster than previous employees and quickly promotes him to pie maker. This particular worker is non-verbal and has other disabilities, but he has been trained and encouraged to create a life for himself that includes holding down a job. His story is just one of many that illustrate that hard work will bring rewards. Ideal Program Services (IPS), and their subsidiary, Ideal Worx helped this young man to live a more independent life. These programs assist people
Ideal Program Services Executive Director Lara Okunubi stands with clients, staff and supporters at the IPS 25th year anniversary event on Dec. 15, 0217
IPS staff member Sue Williams is flanked by clients at the IPS 25th anniversary event on Dec. 15, 2017. Photos by Ande Richards
Ideal Program Services Executive Director Lara Okunubi dances with her clients at the IPS 25th year anniversary event on Dec. 15, 2017. with physical and cognitive disabilities to take care of themselves and function as vital members of society. When IPS Executive Director Lara Okunubi reflects on her client she says, “ability is not tied to literacy, or even verbal skills.” Okunubi and her team work out of a nondescript building next to a Valero gas station on Martin Luther King Boulevard in South Los Angeles, but inside that humble façade clients learn valuable life skills. They learn how to care for themselves, how to live independently, and they learn that they have the option to become vital members of the workforce. “Five years ago, no one thought that people with disabilities could get a job,” Okunubi said. “Now they function in the community and are successful. Many doors are opening because people are changing the way they look at things and they are saying that everyone has some form of disability, so the stigma is diminishing.” Bayo Okunubi left Nigeria for the United States where he had several jobs including a stint at the Department of Children’s
Services. That experience exposed him to the pitfalls of the social services system. He left his job there with the motivation to start a program that would directly and positively impact the community he sought to serve. Bayo Okunubi died in 2007, but his wife and IPS cofounder Lara Okunubi took on a bigger role as executive director and dedicated herself to keeping the business afloat. She left her high-paying job in the business sector and began to handle IPS operations, including changing the business from a sole proprietorship to a not-for-profit, and bringing all aspects of the building up to code. She inherited 50 employees and now her staff has grown to 92. Every member of her team is trained to meet the specific needs of their clients. Karla Melgar started with IPS in 2000 as a direct support staff member in the Behavior Management Program. Now, more than 17 years later, she is the director of consumer services and the company’s chief administrative officer. She starts her days early in the morning to be on hand to receive IPS clients and does not end her day until the last client has been picked up in the
afternoon. “My day-to-day work performance is based on my own personal philosophy,” Melgar said. “The people we support deserve to be treated with utmost respect and dignity at all times. Every day they teach us something, they teach us to be better and to explore more alternatives to help them achieve a new outcome without thinking about what went wrong yesterday, or making plans for tomorrow, but welcoming them every day with a smile and letting them know that today is a new day and it is going to be a better day.” Okunubi has led the organization to new heights during her ten years as executive director by implementing strong collaborations with the community. She has elevated the reputation and accomplishments of the organization, and has improved the quality of life for the people she serves. So far, she has facilitated three direct hires because of her partnerships with community organizations. “Once we set our vision we decided that this is going to be our goal … to get people employed, so we decided to build a pool of employers,” Okunubi said. “We were going door-todoor talking to them and saying hey we have this population of people that are interested in working. If they were not convinced we would offer three to six months free labor – [our clients] were being paid but the company was not paying them. That’s how we got three people permanently hired.” She proudly boasts that Margie Mathis works in condiments and silverware preparation at Denny’s, Jesus Zamarano is a floor clerk in charge of stacking, customer service and janitorial duties at Smart and Final and Robert Wilson was at Happy’s Pizza as a part of their food preparation team. Smart and Final Store Manager Erick Lopez, says that he is very satisfied with his IPS placement, Jesus Zamarano, and his relationship with IPS who makes a point of coming in periodically to check on their clients’ performance. “Jesus is a good guy, he is quiet, comes in when he’s scheduled and is very honest. I’m satisfied with his work.” Okunubi says her biggest obstacle is changing people’s perceptions of the disabled community. Family members are sometimes the hardest to work with because they tend to treat their adult children like they are still kids. “Most people are still in
IPS Directors Karla Melgar and Lara Okunubi are joined by Mistress of Ceremony Beverly white and two clients on the red carpet at the IPS 25th year anniversary event on Dec. 15, 2017. Photos by Ande Richards
Executive Director Lara Okunubi is presented with a Certificate of Recognition from L.A. City Aids Coordinator Ricky Rosales. the mindset of infantilizing people with disabilities – they want to treat them like children, hold their hands, baby them,” Okunubi said. “That is always an emotional setback because adulthood is not based on your level of capability it is based on your chronological age, so the parents and the community are not allowing them to age as they should. We know that they have challenges but that does not mean they are completely powerless.” She also points out that parents of children with disabilities rarely have a plan for the future. What will happen to those children once they reach adulthood, or once their parents are no longer there? Victoria Shkrab has been an IPS client for 12 years. Her father, Leo Shkrab says he is thankful for the training his daughter receives. “If I say this is an outstanding program it is to say nothing,” Shkrab said. “Victoria is a special daughter, she is my only daughter and she has used IPS services for more than 12 years … IPS also helped us find a new facility for Victoria in 2006 and again in 2016 and they helped Victoria to adjust to her new environment.” While the obstacles are obvious and behavioral, the genesis of their accomplishments are more philosophical. “I can’t pin it down to one there are so many, but one of things is that this year we came up with a philosophy that drives our energy – when support improves, outcomes increase,” Okunubi said. “People with disabilities need someone to trust in
them, they need someone to believe in them, they need support, someone to be patient with them and encourage them. They need a cheerleader that says yes you can.” Last December IPS celebrated their 25-year anniversary. They had a red carpet and a photographer snapped photos as guests made their way into the Delancey Street Foundation ballroom, which was decorated in gold and red. Award-winning NBC news broadcaster Beverly White served as mistress of ceremony at the event where Okunubi received certificates of recognition from Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, the California State Assembly and Mayor Eric Garcetti. Then Okunubi turned the tables and honored many staff members and affiliates that have supported IPS over the years with certificates and awards of their own. The closing prayer was delivered by Marcus Forte, an Ideal Program Trainee who is now the vice-president of the Consumer’s Advocacy Committee at South Central Los Angeles Regional Center. To cap off the event, the tables were cleared and everyone danced. Okunubi sums up the essence of her 25-year celebration as a fluid transitional force. “This is a celebration of accomplishment,” she says. “A celebration of effort, a celebration of transitioning from things that were appalling to unexpected things – thinking outside the box, building the capacity of the people that we support.”
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REGIONAL/ NATIONAL NEWS Author & Social Justice Activist Susan Burton Kicks Off Prison Book Tour In New York LOS ANGELES – Susan Burton, author of the awardwinning memoir “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women,” is traveling across the country on a book tour to various jails and correctional facilities. Her tour began this week with a visit to New York State’s Taconic Correctional Facility, Bedford Hills, on February 5 and Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, on February 6. Burton’s non-profit, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL), and her publisher, The New Press, have received major philanthropic support to make 11,000 paperback copies of “Becoming Ms. Burton” available free of charge to prisons, reentry programs, and other criminal justice reform organizations. The goal is to distribute copies of the paperback edition in all 50 states; whenever possible, Susan Burton will visit prisons in conjunction with the distribution of the books.
Susan Burton “I believe the book has ble if they fight and put in the made a significant impact on poli- work,” Burton says. cy makers, academics, students, “Becoming Ms. Burton” the general public and funders. tells Susan Burton’s story of But I believe that the real impact growing up in Los Angeles as the will come when women inside are victim of sexual abuse and rape, able to read the book and under- and of her descent into drug and stand how hard they have to fight alcohol addiction as she selffor their lives and learn it is possi- medicated following the death of her five-year-old son. Burton was incarcerated off and on for almost two decades, until she finally enrolled herself in a drug treatment program and got the help she mobility, and that’s where Free needed to heal and stay clean. Tax Prep Los Angeles shines,” Since her final release from prissaid Elise Buik, President & CEO on, she has been a tireless advoof United Way of Greater Los cate for the rights of former prisAngeles. “By putting money back oners. Her program at ANWOL into the hands of some of our most hard-working families and neighbors, these dollars can mean the difference between paying rent or saving for the future. United Way is proud to support and see even more Angelenos empowered by tax credits this year.” Free Tax Prep Los Angeles has identified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the City and County in communities most in need of tax filing support, offering free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing available to qualified individuals. For more information about this campaign, please visit www.FreeTaxPrepLA.com
Mayor Garcetti Launches 2018 Free Tax Prep Los Angeles Campaign To Support (Continued from page 3) unexpected emergency leading to a loss of income, yet eligible workers leave nearly $580 million in unclaimed tax credits on the table each year,” said Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance. “Earned Income Tax Credits can provide an essential cash infusion for those households living paycheck-topaycheck. Free Tax Prep Los Angeles will help provide access to free, high quality tax preparation services and raise awareness of tax credits that can strengthen financial resilience for hard working Angelenos.” “We put EITC assistance at the heart of our cradle-tocollege-to-career services because this kind of refund — available even to families who don’t owe taxes — can make the difference between a family living paycheck -to-paycheck and having the chance get ahead of the bills,” said Dixon Slingerland, President and CEO of the Youth Policy Institute. “This kind of investment pays off in whole generations of young children who do better in school, are more likely to attend college, and earn more as they start careers and families.” “Financial empowerment is a driving factor for economic
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LA County Public Defender Provides Counsel and Comfort To Youths 24/7 (Continued from page 3) understand the criminal justice system and the consequences of waiving Miranda rights,” Stacy said. “Attorneys who are called to consult with these youth are providing a needed service at what could be the most pivotal moment in the youth's life." Stacy said that between 60 and 75 percent of arrested youths have either untreated mental health issues, childhood trauma, or learning disabilities. “Many of the youths will be speaking with law en-
forcement, defense attorneys and social workers in this context; these children may not be operating at their grade level,” she said. “These children may have other deficits. We may think that they understand, but they may not.” By having attorneys available at all times to assist young people who are facing interrogation, the Public Defender is not only providing legal counsel, but also comforting and advocating for vulnerable individuals in the criminal justice system — our youth.
has helped more than one thousand women break the cycle of incarceration, access opportunities and start their lives afresh after leaving prison. Burton, a nationally renowned advocate for incarcerated women, hopes the sharing of her book will offer hope and determination to lead in the free world. The special edition of “Becoming Ms. Burton” will feature new material by Burton, including a reader’s guide and a letter to people behind bars. “We are so proud to have published this stunning memoir and manifesto,” says The New Press Publisher Ellen Adler. “Susan’s story not only has the power to inspire and change lives, it is also helping to inspire real policy reform. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to publish a special paperback edition so swiftly after the hardcover was released, and to get it in the hands of incarcerated people – some of the readers who will appreciate it most.” “Becoming Ms. Burton” has garnered several prestigious awards including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in the category of Biography/Autobiography and the Goddard Riverside Stephen Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. Since founding ANWOL, Burton
has also been named as an Ebony Power 100 Luminary, a Starbucks® “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, a Soros Justice Fellow, a Policy Fellow with the Women's Foundation of California, and a Violence Prevention Fellow with the California Wellness Foundation. Following her New York trip, Burton will continue her national tour, hitting Illinois and North Carolina in the coming weeks. Her journey can be followed in a series of dispatches on A New Way of Life’s Facebook page and at www.anewwayoflife.org/blog. Any institutions interested in receiving the special prison edition of “Becoming Ms. Burton” or having Susan Burton visit their facility can contact Marissa Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tamanika Ferguson at email@example.com. This project has been made possible through generous philanthropic support from the Ford Foundation; the Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund of the Women’s Foundation of California; The California Endowment; and other organizations with the goal of furthering advocacy and reform efforts to end mass incarceration, and amplifying the voices of those with direct experience in the criminal justice system.
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NEWS Donna Brazile And Carmen de Lavallade Among Women of Power Legacy Award Honorees NEW YORK, / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Black Enterprise will present its highest honor in recognition of the achievements of black women when it presents the Women of Power Legacy Awards at the 2018 Women of Power Summit on March 7, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. The Women of Power Summit is the nation's No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women of color, annually attracting more than 1,000 corporate executives, professionals, and businesswomen from around the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by ADP, will take place March 7â€“10, 2018, at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government, and other influential areas. Past Legacy Award recipients include luminaries such as the late National Council of Negro Women Chair and civil rights icon Dorothy Height; the late award-winning film and stage actress Ruby Dee; and former FedEx Express Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Cathy Ross. Honorees to be recognized at the 2018 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Dinner, hosted by PepsiCo, include the following outstanding achievers: A veteran Democratic political strategist, Donna Brazile is the former interim national chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). For over 40 years, Brazile, a former vice-chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, has been an active member of the Democratic Party. She first became involved in politics at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Brazile worked on every presidential
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campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African American to manage a presidential campaign. In 1978, American households remembered Jayne Kennedy (Overton) for her ground-breaking tenure as coanchor on the most popular network sports show in television history, the Emmy Award -winning NFL Today on CBS. As one of the first female sports broadcasters, she destroyed the myth that women couldn't make it in the world of sports broadcasting, blasting the doors wide open for women in sports forevermore. Kennedy is the only female to ever host one of TV's longestrunning syndicated sports series, Greatest Sports Legends, alongside its plethora of great male hosts including Reggie Jackson and Paul Hornung. She is the only female to ever work ringside as a TV color commentator for men's professional boxing through her work for MAPS (Muhammad Ali Professional Sports). Edith Cooper previously served as an executive vice president of Goldman Sachs from April 2011 and as Global Head of Human Capital Management since March 2008. From 2002 to 2008, she served in various positions at Goldman, including sales management within the Securities Division. In 2002, she was responsible for the company's Futures business and prior to that, she became cohead of the Commodities Business in Europe and Asia, based in London.
Carmen de Lavallade has had an unparalleled career in dance, theater, film, and television beginning in her hometown of Los Angeles performing with the Lester Horton Dance Theater. While in Los Angeles, Lena Horne introduced the then 17-yearold de Lavallade to the filmmakers at 20th Century Fox where she appeared in four movies, including Carmen Jones (1954) with Dorothy Dandridge and Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) with Harry Belafonte. Her dance career includes having ballets created for her by Lester Horton, Geoffrey Holder, Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley, John Butler, and Agnes de Mille. She has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Philadanco, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the productions of Porgy and Bess and Die Meistersinger at the Metropolitan Opera. "We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to pay well-deserved honor to women who are gifts to the world," says Women of Power TV host Caroline Clarke, who also serves as editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. "Their examples are a proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and powerful motivation for those to come." The Women of Power Summit will host more than 1,000 women attendees who will engage in three immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership,
career strategies and effective peak-performance and worklife balance techniques. Topics will include "Secrets of the C-Suite," "How to Manage with Power and Influence," and classes such as executive coaching. Confirmed speakers include Founder and Chairman of Essence Ventures Richelieu Dennis; Founder and CEO of The Mane Choice Courtney Adeleye; Senior Personal Finance Correspondent for CNBC Sharon Epperson, and many more. The host sponsor of the 2018 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include Accenture, AT&T, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Dell, Macy's, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Southwest, State Farm, Toyota, and The Walt Disney Co. With Platinum Sponsor AARP and Corporate Sponsors American Heart Association and FedEx Express. For more information
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2018027805 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Pop Kulture (Brand), 6323 10th Avenue, #205, Los Angeles, CA 90043 Los Angeles County Registered Owner s): Douye” Youduba, 6323 10th Ave, LA, CA 90043 This business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Douye’ Youduba Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on February 1, 2018 Expires February 1, 2023 Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 9, 16,23 March 2, 2018 PN
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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given pursuant to the state of California Civil Code 3071 AND 3072 that RAY’S AUTO will sell at a public sale a 2007 Nissan Sentra VIN # 3N1AB61E67L633310, CA plate #5ZVX199, with last known registration in the state of CA. The sale will take place on December 12, 2017 at 9:00AM at 13556 Valley Blvd La Puente, CA 91746.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2018027818 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1.Betsy Blue Music/Groove Note Record, 6323 10th Avenue, #205, Los Angeles, CA 90043 Los Angeles County Registered Owner s): Douye” Youduba, 6323 10th Ave, LA, CA 90043 This business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Douye’ Youduba Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on February 1, 2018 Expires February 1, 2023 Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 9, 16,23 March 2, 2018 PN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2017334139 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. West Power, Unity And Associates 2. West Unity And Associate 3. T. West and Associates, 4712 Admiralty Way #1142 , Marina Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 LA County Registered Owner (s): Terri West Spencer, 4712 Admiralty Way #1142, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 This business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Terri West Spencer, Title: President Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on November 22, 2017 Expires November 22, 2022 Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub December 15, 22, 29, 2017 Jan. 5, 2018PN
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